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MILC 24.3MP CMOS Jan 2016
Camera Type Megapixel Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
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Sony Alpha a7 Review
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21 Reasons For

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Based on 14,237 owner and expert reviews, Sony has good ratings for its cameras. Sony also has good ratings specifically for its MILC cameras compared to other manufacturers.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Sony Alpha A7 supports Full HD video, unlike most of the other latest MILC cameras which do not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Sony Alpha A7R[plb_3227478_price] which has better reviews.

We compared all the other cameras which also support Full HD video to this camera and we think the Fujifilm X-Pro2[plb_3212678_price] is also worth considering.

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Supports Wi-Fi

Like most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha A7, the Alpha A7 supports wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras which support wi-Fi currently available including the Sony Alpha A7R[plb_3227478_price] which has better reviews.

There are a number of other cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might also want to look at including the Fujifilm X-Pro2[plb_3212678_price], or the Leica Leica TL[plb_3983868_price].

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Quite High Megapixel

The Alpha A7 has a quite high megapixel (24.3 megapixels) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Alpha A7. The megapixels of newly released MILC cameras range from 12MP to 37MP, and the average megapixel is 20MP.

If this Sony digital camera megapixel is too low for you then you might want to look at the Sony Alpha A7R[plb_3227478_price] (36.3MP) which is also higher rated.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many MILC cameras that have been on the market for the last year.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including a cheaper camera such as the Canon M5[plb_3844053_price] or you might consider a better rated camera such as the Sony Alpha A7R[plb_3227478_price].

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Stereo Audio System

This digital camera has a Stereo audio system, which is the most commonly found audio system on MILC cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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6000 X 4000 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Sony Alpha A7 has a 6000 x 4000 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. Most MILC cameras that were released around the same time as it have a 1824 x 1368 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Sony camera have still image resolution(s)s of 3936 x 2624, 3008 x 2000, 1968 x 1312, 6000 x 3376, 3936 x 2216, 3008 x 1688, 1968 x 1112, 12416 x 1856, 5536 x 2160 and 8192 x 1856 and 3872 x 2160.

This camera's still image resolution (6000 x 4000) is actually the best still image resolution across all similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Alpha A7.

The worst still image resolution amongst comparable types of camera is 1824 x 1024.

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The number of supported image formats on the Alpha A7 is more than most latest MILC cameras. This digital camera supports a RAW image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by recently released digital cameras. The image formats supported "JPG" is also supported by this Sony digital camera.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is the most commonly found camera shutter type on new similar spec digital cameras.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Sony Alpha A7 is more than most latest MILC cameras. This Sony digital camera has a Micro HDMI connector type, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector type found on comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Alpha A7.

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Nine Number of Diaphragm Bladess

The Alpha A7 is a nine number of diaphragm blades digital camera. Most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A7 only have between five and eight number of diaphragm bladess.

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Quite Many Total Megapixels

Across all the similar spec cameras that were launched in the last year the total megapixelss range from 13MP to 37MP. The Alpha A7 has one of the more total megapixelss (24.7 megapixels) amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

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Has Nine White Balances

The Alpha A7 has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camera has a Shade white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on recently released similar spec digital cameras. The white balances "Auto", "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Underwater" are also found on this Sony camera.

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Has Four Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Sony Alpha A7 is more than most new MILC cameras. This digital camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on new digital cameras. The photo effectss "Neutral", "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this camera.

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6000 X 4000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 6000 x 4000 pixels, which is typical of many cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This digital camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many MILC cameras that were launched in the last 12 months. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The number of light exposure modes found on the Sony Alpha A7 is more than most latest similar spec cameras. This Sony digital camera has an Aperture priority AE light exposure modes, which is the most frequently found light exposure modes found on MILC cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha A7. The light exposure modess "Auto", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this camera.

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Supports Four ISO Sensitivitys

The Alpha A7 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This digital camera supports 25 and 600 ISO sensitivitys, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha A7. The ISO sensitivitys "100", "200" and "6400" are also supported by this camera.

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Features Two Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Alpha A7 is more than most MILC cameras that have been on the market for the last year. This camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A7. The auto focusing (AF) modes "Single Auto Focus" is also featured on this Sony camera.

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TFT Display

The Alpha A7 has a TFT display which is better than most MILC cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. Most newly released MILC cameras have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

A TFT display is actually the best display amongst all similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Alpha A7.

An LCD display is the worst display amongst comparable types of camera.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the recently released cameras the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 52mm to 120mm. The Alpha A7 has a fairly long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (105 millimeters) compared to most of the other newly released cameras.

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12 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Sony Alpha A7 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other digital cameras that have been available for the last year also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Not 3D

The Alpha A7 is not 3D. Most of the other latest cameras are also not 3D.

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Not Waterproof

Most latest digital cameras are not waterproof. The Alpha A7 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Sony Alpha A7 does not have an image stabilizer, although this is within the context that most of the other recently released cameras also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other MILC cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha A7, the Alpha A7 does not support video capability.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Alpha A7 does not have a built-in flash, although this is within the context that most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Alpha A7 also do not have a built-in flash.

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Heavy

The average weight of digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha A7 is 370g. With a weight of 416 grams, the Alpha A7 is quite heavy compared to most of the other newly released MILC cameras.

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Only Features Six Flash Modess

The Sony Alpha A7 has a greater number of flash modes than most new MILC cameras. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on recently released MILC cameras. The flash modess "Flash off", "Hi-speed sync", "Pre-flash", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Sony camera.

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Only 1440x1080@25fps Resolution At Capture Speed

The Alpha A7 has a 1440x1080@25fps resolution at capture speed which is higher than most similar spec cameras that came out in the last year. Most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it have a 1920x1080@30fps resolution at capture speed. This camera also have a resolution at capture speed of 640x480@25fps and 640x480@30fps. The best resolution at capture speeds of all latest comparable spec digital cameras is 1920x1080@120fps and the worst is 320x240@25fps.

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Very Low Motion JPEG Frame Rate

The average motion JPEG frame rate of digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Alpha A7 is 43fps, and the motion JPEG frame rates range from 30fps to 60fps. At only 30 frames per second, the Alpha A7 has a quite low motion JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Alpha A7.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The average display resolution (numeric) of MILC cameras that were launched in the last year is 1,100,000 pixels, and the display resolution (numeric)s range from 460,000 pixels to 1,700,000 pixels. The Alpha A7 has one of the lower display resolution (numeric)s (only 921,600 pixels) amongst MILC cameras of this age.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Alpha A7 has a fairly long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) (36 millimeters) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the Alpha A7. The average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of MILC cameras that came out around the same time as the Alpha A7 is 27mm, and the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 18mm to 53mm.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony Alpha A7

Released Twelve Months Ago

It was twelve months ago when this camera was released.

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Alpha A7 has a pretty standard display diagonal compared to most of the other recently released MILC cameras.

Alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available which you might want to look at include the Sony Alpha A7R[plb_3227478_price] which has better reviews.

Digital cameras with a larger display diagonal that might also be worth considering include the Canon M5[plb_3844053_price] (3.2" and cheaper).

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

SD compatible memory cards

This camera supports an MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on recently released MILC cameras. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

It may also be worth considering one of the other cameras that support an MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including because of it's better review score, the Alpha A7R[pl_3227478_price], or the Alpha A7R[pl_3227478_price] both from Sony.

If the memory card type of this camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to look at the Canon M5[plb_3844053_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also cheaper.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Alpha A7 has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha A7.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Image Stabilizer Location
Sensor Format
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Fixed Focal Length
Lens Type
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Lens Mount Interface
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Mounting Type
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Exposure Correction
Pre-Flash
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Resolution At Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Magnification
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
USB Connector Type
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Type
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Carrying Case
Networking
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Technical Details
Image Processor

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Reviewed 19 November 2014 by Jim

I bought the Sony 7R 4 months ago and it has been at Sony repairs for 2 months. Sony repair is atrocious - could not be worse. You will never receive an e mail about their receiving your camera or... Read more…

Reviewed 27 May 2015 by Tvp

First let me state that I am a professional Photographer and Videographer and have been in business since 1985. I would also like to add to this that I have purchased hundreds of thousands of... Read more…

Reviewed 12 January 2014 by Brian Hrodgar
(Verified Purchase)

Coming from a Sony NEX 5N background (which I still use and rate highly) I'm loving the EVF, weather-proofing and Menus of the A7. Still to decide which flash to purchase for the camera. The only... Read more…

Reviewed 30 December 2013 by T.J.Byford

I bought into Sony's Nex system when they launched the Model 5 in 2010. At that time it was the smallest body to house a dslr sized APS-sensor. Unfortunately, the IQ of the sensor was only so-so,... Read more…

Reviewed 10 June 2014 by D. Clarke
(Verified Purchase)

It's probably worth saying that, the unloved Canon EOS M aside, there are no really bad mirrorless systems to buy into at the moment and that anyone in the market for the A7 or the A7R has... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony a7, sony a7i, sony a7s, sony 7m2, sony a7r, sony a7ii, sony vgc1, sony a7se, sony 7m2k, sony a7ri, sony ilce7, sony vgc1e, sony a7ser, sony a7rii, sony alpha7, sony ilce7s, sony ilce7b, sony ilce7d, sony ilce7k, sony vgc1em, sony a7seri, sony ilce7m2, sony n111505, sony ilce7sb, sony ilce7bc, sony ilce7di, sony p184460
Barcodes 00000001615476, 00000001616105, 00000001616453, 00027242874794, 00027242874800, 00027242888722, 00027242888739, 00027242894273, 00845251061529, 00845251061536, 00845251061543, 00845251061550, 00845251061567, 00845251061574, 00845251061581, 00845251061598, 00845251061604, 00845251061611, 00845251061628, 00845251061635, 00845251063745, 00845251063752, 00845251064131, 00845251064148, 00845251064155, 00845251067385, 00845251067392, 00845251069099, 00845251069105, 00845251069112

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